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West Virginia State University Breaks Ground on New Residence Hall

October 3, 2013

West Virginia State University recently broke ground on a 291-bed, $20 million on-campus residence hall. The new Judge Damon J. Keith Scholars Hall is the first residence hall to be constructed on the WVSU campus since 1969 and represents the University’s commitment to providing modernized living facilities for its students.

Project developer, RISE, was awarded the project through a nationally competitive bid process along with its partner firms, Choate Construction and Pray Construction, and architecture firms Niles Bolton Associates and Silling Associates. Financing for the project was provided using tax exempt bonds and was coordinated by RBC Capital Markets.

“RISE could not be more excited about our relationship with WVSU and the WVSU Foundation. Their vision and commitment to their students and growth of the University is contagious and evident in this development. We value their trust in our ability to bring this very important dream to fruition.” – Greg Blais, president of RISE.

The four-story, full masonry façade building will sit prominently on the main lawn of campus and provide a “pass through” to connect the Student Union and Campus Quad. Featuring multiple suite-style living options, in addition to a 150 seat multi-purpose room, centrally located café and gaming lounge, Scholars Hall is designed to appeal to and meet the needs of today’s student.

“This is an exciting time as we join together to break ground on a modern, state-of-the-art residence hall – a home to future generations of Yellow Jackets, a symbol of growth and prosperity, and a gathering place for the entire campus community.” – WVSU President Brian Hemphill

WVSU distinguished alumni, Damon J. Keith, for which the new residence hall is named, has served as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit since 1977. A native of Detroit, Mich., Keith is a 1943 graduate of West Virginia State University. He has received national recognition and is applauded for courageously defending the constitutional and civil rights of all people as represented in several landmark court rulings.